Production Potential and Economic Returns of 'Mino Early' Radish Seed Crop and Legume Vegetable Intercropping System Under Mid-Hill Condition of Dailekh
Nepal Agricultural Research Council, Agriculture Research Station, Dailekh
This study was carried out at Agriculture Research Station, Dailekh for two consecutive years from 2001/002 to 2002/003. The main objective of the study was to assess the production potential and economics of 'Mino Early' radish seed as main crop and legume vegetables as intercrops. A total of five treatments : Radish seed crop + 'Lincoln' pea, Radish seed crop + 'Arkel' pea, Radish seed crop + 'S-9' bush bean, Radish seed crop + 'Giant Strigless' bush bean, and Radish seed crop alone were tested in randomized complete block design replicated four times. Main crop and intercrops were harvested, respectively in 210-215 days and 110-166 days of planting. The 'S-9' bush bean intercropped with radish seed crop revealed the highest pooled green pod yield (7.012 tones/ha), radish seed equivalent yield (2.069 tones/ha), gross returns (Rs 3,10,384 ha), and net returns (Rs 2,12,591 /ha) and followed by the 'Giant Stringless' as intercrop having the green pod yield (6.271 tones/ha), radish seed equivalent yield (1.952 tones/ha), gross returns (Rs 2,92,612 /ha) and net returns (Rs 1,94,779 /ha). The findings of the study reflected that the short duration variety of bush bean as an intercrop has been the most compatible with radish seed crop.